Diana Crisan Dec 31, 2014

By now you’ve probably heard how contouring can shape and define just about any body part, from solid spray-tanned abs to a smaller forehead and a button-sized nose. We’re all in when it comes to accentuating and playing up our pretty features to land sculpted, supermodel cheekbones. Your flushed cheeks aren’t the only place for a contouring palette — here’s ALL you need to know about contouring EVERYTHING!

contour everything
Contouring Tools

Because contouring without the right brushes is like baking without an oven.

Contouring Video

Words are not always enough! For all of you visual learners, Team MDC and makeup guru, Elyse Reneau have put together a video covering all you need to know about facial contouring and highlighting. Watch and learn, ladies!

Contouring Rules

While we love breaking the rules, we would follow these. The goal is to achieve a naturally sculpted look and here’s how! Remember, darker foundation or a matte bronzer goes across your forehead, outer edges of your cheeks and the sides of your nose for a slimming facial effect.

Product Recommendations:  em Cosmetics Chiaroscuro Contour and Highlighter Stick, Lancôme Star Bronzer Palette in Bronze Essence, Urban Decay Naked Flushed

Contouring Arms

Who says contouring has to stop at your facial features? Fake buff arms with this flex-worthy tutorial!

Highlight Your Neckline

Buff arms AND a sexy neckline? Contour and highlight your collarbone for those V-neck days.

Product Recommendations: NYX Highlight and Contour Powder, Urban Decay Naked Illuminated

Concealer Map

It’s important to understand the proper placement of concealer because not only will it hide any imperfections (especially from a long night out!), but illuminating certain areas of your face will provide a contoured and slenderized look. 

What are some of your favorite ways to contour? Let us know in the comments below! 



About the Author:Diana creates on-trend beauty content for Makeup.com readers. She stays up-to-date on the latest beauty news and product launches and tests every makeup item that comes through the door. As an employee of L’Oréal, Diana writes stories about beauty products across the entire brand portfolio.

Let's Stay in Touch

Get our top stories straight to your inbox!